On Tue, 2013-02-19 at 03:13 -0800, jayseye wrote: > For what it's worth, I found your explanation useful, Svenn. I've been > actively exploring many options for using the Task List effectively: > > I asked about that here on the mailing list recently, in the context > of GTD. So far that post has received one private reply. Perhaps I > should have asked, more generally, how folks use the Task List... > I have read the GTD book by David Allen and I know the concept very well, and I have tried various tools that claim to be GTD, but end up very bureaucratic and useless.
I think Allen express something very essential about GTD: You need to have an archive system which is absolutely reliable so that you can get stuff out of your head and into the system and trust that you will find it again. Zim is text files with markup so if everything breaks, command line tools can be used. Storage can be on DropBox or SparkleShare so a backup is available (zim internal VCS is also available) if configured. Because I trust my system, I can really do GTD the Allen Way with zim. Because we have the Tasklist and the Journal plugins, we really do not need the GTD inbox explicitly, but we are free to make one if we like. The link and backlink functionality can give absolute control on when work was done on a particular task (this is a use case and not a plugin), but the very free format in Zim let you experiment with use-cases and still keep your data. The way attachment folders work, reference data can be stored with its task unchanged (as long as the file is not named .txt), and will move with the task if the task needs to be moved somewhere. Knowing that stuff can be moved without problem gives me the assurance that I can dump something quickly (like a git stash) and come back to it later. The ever-recurring question "Where is the best place to store this?" is completely gone. I just write "TODO: Find a better home for this" and go on. When I do the weekly review, Tasklist will 'git stash list' the blob back into my memory and I can process it in a more appropriate way. The search function could be better, but for 99% of my use, I can do with the built in search function. For the last 1% I trust my command line tools. I can't do this on a web-app or something with a binary back-end database. Trust is amazingly important when it comes to GTD. -- Svenn _______________________________________________ Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~zim-wiki Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~zim-wiki More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp